Real Bride Blog: Michelle

Through romantic, whimsical and unique arrangements of birdcages, baby’s breath and colorful birds, this celebration centered around family and loved ones was the perfect spring affair. Picture to the T Photography was there to snap it all as the father of the bride  gave away his little girl  and officiated the ceremony where she said Oui to the man of her dreams!


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From the Beautiful Bride: “Anthony and I met when he came to my house as part of a church event. We met again at a friend’s super bowl party and he asked me on our first date shortly after.

He proposed to me in front of my whole family on vacation at Kentucky Lake. He blindfolded me and walked me down to the lake where he had a blanket and rose petals set up. He had me turn around and there was a huge sign hanging off the deck of the lake house that said “Veux-tu m’eposer?” Which is, will you marry me in French. I was a French major in college and studied abroad in France, so it was such a creative way to propose. I said “Oui!” He was on his knee with a beautiful diamond ring and my whole family was there to celebrate.

 Anthony grew up in Columbia and his mom was a professor at Stephen’s College in the equestrian department. It was a beautiful location to have our wedding at the Firestone Baars Chapel and the Kimball Ballroom. Our event was catered by Fresh Ideas Food Service Management and they did a wonderful job putting together a playful and delicious menu.

 My something “borrowed” was the crystal clip in my hair from my dear friend Lindsey and my something “old and blue” was a beautiful sapphire ring which was a gift from my mother-in-law which has been in her family. My something “new” was my Augusta Jones Skyler wedding dress!

 We wanted to have a bright and cheerful early spring wedding and selected a bright coral color along with black and white accents. The bird cage centerpieces were created by my mom and were filled with baby’s breath and small colored birds to add a playful and somewhat whimsical flair. My mom also made her famous “wedding cake” cookies covered in powdered sugar as the favors which were set out on the tables.

 One of the most special parts of the day was that my dad performed our wedding ceremony. He is an ordained minister and it was so special to have him give me away to my new husband in such a meaningful way. We wanted to incorporate our families in our special day as much as possible. Our siblings were in our wedding party, Anthony’s sister sang during our ceremony and our niece and nephew were the ring bearer and flower girl. We are both very close with our families and having them play these important roles made our celebration complete.

 Bride and Groom Names: Michelle and Anthony Clervi

Wedding Date: 3/7/2015

Venue for Ceremony and Reception: Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri (Firestone Baars Chapel and Kimball Ballroom)

Dress: Skyler by Augusta Jones

Shoes: Nina

Hair: Melissa Kinkade from Clip Joint in Columbia

Make-up: Melissa Kinkade from Clip Joint in Columbia

Photography: Picture to the T Photography, Tierra Felder

Flowers: Alan Anderson Florists

Catering: Fresh Ideas Food Service Management.